WHO WE ARE
UKirk (meaning “University Church”) is a 501(c)(3), not for profit, network of ministries supported by the Presbyterian Church (USA). We are charged with reaching, loving, and teaching college students so they may be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ. At UKirk UTK, we believe that every person, without qualification, should have the opportunity for God’s amazing love to be made known to them. We believe what God intends for the world is a reality in which people recognize God’s image in the other and value diversity of perspective, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ideological and political beliefs, or any other point of contention or division in our society. We believe all people are invited to Christ’s table, not to fit in, but rather to bring their honest, authentic, and, at times, broken selves to experience the grace of God. We hope you’ll stop by and give us an opportunity to extend a warm welcome. Whether you’re a freshman or non-traditional student, Presbyterian or not Presbyterian, you’re invited.
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Please see the calendar for changes in times and topics.
Wednesdays at 7 p.m. We gather as a group for dinner, conversation, a time of worship and reflection, communication and fellowship.
Mondays at 12:30 p.m. Join us for free (vegetarian-friendly) lunch and discussion about challenging theological topics in a relaxed environment.
If you have a green thumb, then help support our efforts to grow and donate fresh, local produce to those with food insecurity in the area.
A Place to Be. Come enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in a warm, welcoming environment.
The Latest from the UKirk Blog
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